While shedding the colonial hangover at its first convocation Malayalam University held its first convocation in a traditional way while promoting Culture of Kerala.
The students did not ape the much popular colonial convocation ceremonies. The participants turned up wearing Neryathu over traditional attire at the event, the theme of which was 'culture of Kerala.'
The unique platform of education launched in Malappuram in 2012, to encourage Malayalam studies among the State's youth, had 98 students passing out in its first batch across ten post-graduation courses.
"Contrary to the general convocation costume of gown and cap, we decided to make it simpler and more native. Accordingly, students adorned a long, neatly pleated neryathu. Guests also wore similar attire,” said the VC of the University to media.
"This is an effort to revive local identities and to bring about a sense of belonging. This is our way of giving a salutation to the Malayalam language. The dress code used was an open declaration to shed the burden of the colonial hangover and get back to the cultural ethos,” said another official of the University.
“Everything on the campus is Malayala mayam, unlike other campuses,” said the students at the University.
With the ambience of the college reflecting a love for the Malayalam language, one wonders if they also converse in pure Malayalam.